Research

In-House Research Leads to Investment Success

Research plays a crucial role in all phases of our investment process from acquisitions to property management to dispositions. Our research publications are used to educate potential investors, while keeping our current clients informed of topics relevant to their portfolio.

All of our in-house research publications are accessible to the public.

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December 2020, Farmland Investor Report: Managing Natural Risks in Agriculture

Major weather events in 2019 and 2020 resulted in significant crop loss, triggering investor questions as to whether we are caught in an escalating trend of climate-change driven weather events. Major flooding in the U.S. Midwest in the spring of 2019 resulted in delayed and prevented planting.

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Research Note December 2020: Farmland Plus: Opportunities in the Agricultural Value Chain

The agriculture value chain begins with farm inputs and extends to the consumer, encompassing growing, processing, marketing and distribution of the full range of agricultural products. The complete farm to consumer value chain is estimated to have contributed $1.1 trillion to U.S. GDP in 2019.1

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Research Note November 2020: Permanent Crop Investment Opportunities

Permanent crop investments are characterized by farmland and biological assets such as perennial trees, vines, and shrubs, which produce multi-year harvests, and represent a major subset of agricultural investment.

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November 12, Natural Resource Flash Report, Farmland: Resilience Under Uncertainty

As the world moves into the final quarter of a tumultuous 2020, signs of a global recovery are emerging, following on one of the sharpest and deepest economic downturns experienced since the Great Depression. The financial markets sustained seismic shocks in the first quarter of the year as global economic activities came to a halt.

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November 2: Agriculture Natural Risks Flash Report

Major weather events in 2019 and 2020 resulted in significant crop loss, triggering investor questions as to whether we are caught in an escalating trend of climate-change driven weather events that will continually challenge future farmland operations.

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September 2020, Climate Change Adaptation and Canadian Agriculture: Potential Investment Opportunities

Average global temperatures have been trending higher for the last few decades, and more than 90% of climate scientists attribute global warming to an increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere generated by human activity.

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September 2020, Farmland Investor Report: Corn and Almonds Highlight Key Trends in 2020/21 Farm Sector

Corn is the largest U.S. annual crop and almonds take first place in U.S. permanent crops, with average annual production over the past five marketing years averaging $49 billion and $6 billion respectively. The U.S. is the world’s largest producer and exporter of both crops.

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June 2020, Natural Resource Flash Report: Timberland-Farmland: Resilience under Uncertainty

After nearly three months since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic on March 11th, 2020, enough statistical economic information has accumulated to start gauging the tolls on global economic activities during the pandemic so far.

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June 2020, The Promise of Regenerative Agriculture: Environmental and Operational Benefits of Conservation Tillage and Cover Cropping

Over the past two decades, global farming practices have been changing rapidly, responding to the need to stay competitive in increasingly global markets while adapting to changing consumer behavior. Consumers have become increasingly aware and sensitive to the environmental impacts resulting from growing, processing and delivering the food products they buy. Major food companies are responding to their customers and are increasingly tracking and documenting the sourcing of the farm products they use, to be able to demonstrate that they were produced in a sustainable manner with farming practices that minimize negative impacts on the environment.

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June 2020, Farmland Investor Report: A Quarterly Update on Conditions in Farmland and Farmland Markets

The recently published (March 2020) USDA Prospective Plantings Report estimated increases in planted U.S. acreage in 2020. The expanded planted area should boost supply expectations in a year with significant economic headwinds. U.S. corn, soybean, and rice acres are expected to increase this year, partially offset by reduced cotton and wheat acreage.

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